For a Social Studies project on Acadia, one of the project options was to make an Acadian dish. I originally made Vanilla Ice Cream and thought to do the reading afterwards, although this proved to be a bad idea, as I found that the dish didn’t have much history to base a project around.
I decided to do some Googling first and then found a dish called “Chicken Fricot” which is basically a really fancy chicken soup, which I will upload a recipe and basic history of.
Chicken fricot – also called chicken soup – is by far the most popular in Acadia. Years ago, it was mostly made with chicken. Fricot was a festive food. When visitors came by or festivities such as frolics, bees or evening gatherings brought together many people, the Acadians always killed a chicken to make a fricot. Even today, almost all Acadian families make their fricot with a chicken or young hen.
- 1 chicken
- 1 large chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 12 cups (3 L) water
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon summer savory
- 5 cups diced potatoes
- Cut up chicken. Brown it completely in fat.
- Remove chicken and fry onions. Add flour. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Add water, chicken, salt, pepper and summer savory. Cook until chicken is tender (approximately ½ hour for a young hen and 1 ½ hour for a chicken).
- Add potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes.